Jason White Stands Tall in the Irish Hills
After joining NTS Motorsports to run a partial 2014 schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Jason White posted a strong run at Pocono Raceway at the beginning of August. Continuing that momentum and keeping the No.9 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado at the top of the running order, White teamed up once again with crew chief Ryan McKinney and headed to Brooklyn, Michigan to tackle one of NASCAR's fastest tracks on the circuit.
On Friday, two practice sessions would allow all crews and drivers to prepare for the high speeds on the high banks of Michigan. The first 60 minute session allowed JWhite and McKinney to go through different setups and changes in order to make the truck stable and comfortable through the center of the turns. Completing 37 total laps between first and final practice, Jason white posted a fast time of 39.063 and a top speed of 184.318 leading into qualifying early on Saturday morning.
Before the sun rose over the Irish Hills, White and McKinney walked back into the gates leading into the NCWTS open-air garage to perfect their setup leading into Knockout style qualifying later that morning. Tape was added to the nose, the engine was kept as cool as possible, and Jason White roared onto the track for the first of 3 rounds to determine the starting lineup for the Careers for Veterans 200. After 25 minutes of trucks laying down their fastest times, the No.9 Chevrolet Silverado was third quickest with a time of 39.017 and had built a lot of momentum going into the second 10 minute session. As trucks filed to the end of pit road, a high-speed chess match would develop as trucks jockeyed for a position in the draft, in order to shave as much time off of a single lap run as possible. As Jason rocketed down the backstretch, the pack directly in front of him slowed and White was forced to lift off of the throttle on the entrance to turn 3, which added precious milliseconds to his lap. As qualifying came to an end, the No.9 NTS Motorsports team secure the 15th starting spot.
As the first of 100 laps began and the green was flown over the 2-mile speedway, Jason White and crew chief Ryan McKinney began implementing their planned strategy and picked their way forward throughout the entire event. By the time the first, and only, caution of the event was displayed, Jason had maintained his position and would roll off of pit road 14th for the restart. Approaching the halfway point at lap 47, the No.9 sat just outside the top ten and was getting tight longer into a green-flag run. After cycling through green flag pit stops, McKinney made adjustments to help free up the race truck and gave White a chance to better his position in the closing laps. After one more trip down pit road for fuel, with only with 8 laps to go, White brought the No.9 Chevrolet Silverado to 12th place finish and his 2nd strong run in a row with his new team. Jason White will run a partial NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for NTS Motorsports throughout the remainder of 2014.
Jason White's Post-Race Thoughts: "I think we really showed a lot of speed and strength in Michigan this weekend with our Chevrolet Silverado NTS Motorsports team. Ryan (McKinney) made a lot of changes and they all made me better in the race. It's a great fit for me with team NTS and the No.9 guys as we keep getting faster every time out. I am really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel for these Kernersville guys."
Ryan McKinney's Post-Race Thoughts: "I am really proud of the NTS Motorsports guys after Michigan. They worked very hard all weekend and we changed a lot of things to get Jason comfortable in the truck. Jason drove a great race and brought us home with another strong finish. I am also looking forward to going to Bristol with Brennan Newberry for Wednesday night's truck race. We had a good test there last week and Brennan was very happy with the truck and we had a lot of speed. It should be another great weekend for us."
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